The former player turned pundit has highlighted an area where the new Liverpool player must improve.
Brendan Rodgers’ side continued their busy summer by announcing a deal for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne on Wednesday, signing the 24-year-old for £12.5million.
Clyne had a marvellous campaign at the Saints last season, and he has grown into one of the best right-backs in England since first arriving at St Mary’s from Crystal Palace.
After 104 appearances for Southampton, Clyne’s next task is to help Liverpool back into the top four and secure some silverware, and with Glen Johnson no longer at the club, jon Flanagan injured and Javier Manquillo flattering to deceive thus far, there are no real challengers for him in his bid to be a regular starter.
In truth that was never in question, such is Clyne’s talent, but Owen believes the England international has some work to do before he can one of the best.
“Another signing made by Liverpool,” Owen wrote on Sport Lobster. “I have been really impressed with Clyne as a defender in the last couple of seasons but he will need to improve in possession to be a success at Liverpool; I hope he does.”
Clyne certainly has time on his hands and Rodgers will no doubt be keen to work out any weaknesses in his game in the coming months.
With a few more signings – namely a new striker and a new central midfielder – Liverpool could be a very tough proposition next season and expect Clyne to be one of their star-men.